Whether you run a lawn service or own a large property that requires a lot of yard work, debris loaders let you finish big jobs fast.
As you prune, trim, mow, and whack, you're creating various styles of yard waste. That waste gets consolidated by leaf blowers, tow-behind lawn sweepers, litter vacuums, and other contraptions.
But once you collect and consolidate all of that waste, where do you put it? That large pile of leaves, twigs, wind-blown garbage, and grass clippings eventually needs to be put in its place.
Post-Suction Debris Reduction
In addition to sucking up debris and discharging it into a collection truck/bin, debris loaders also feature impellers that reduce the debris to a small mulch.
Different brands have different names for their impellers, but they're all very much the same concept. They typically feature 4 blades that spin like a fan and tear through the leaves to reduce the amount of space they take to store.
These impellers reduce how frequently you need to empty your truck or trailer, and they make organic debris reusable as winter mulch for gardens and flower beds.
Debris Loader Mounting Options
Debris loaders are typically skid-mounted for mounting in a truck bed or on a tow-behind trailer with your leaf blowers and lawn vacuums. This is fine if your debris trailer is directly behind the truck bed that your debris loader is mounted to, and you can aim the discharge chute directly into the trailer.
However, if you want to save truck and trailer space, you can use a tailgate hanger kit to mount the debris loader directly to the tailgate of your truck or debris trailer. In most cases, mounting your debris loader to the tailgate of your trailer will be your best option. It'll free up room elsewhere, keep the loader aimed directly into the debris trailer, and you can leave it mounted there all season long.
A hanger kit allows you to mount your debris loader to the tailgate of a truck or trailer. Mounting it on the tailgate of your debris trailer makes it easy to position the discharge chute so that all debris is directed into the trailer.
It also allows your loader to be kept in place from start to finish, so there's no time wasted with setting up your loader and packing it back up at the end of a job. Just start it up, and you're ready to load.
These hangers fit most entry-level and mid-grade models, and are easy to install. Just tighten two bolts to attach your debris loader to the back of any tailgate.
For the larger, more commercial-sized debris loaders, there's still a convenient way to haul it along and still have it ready from the time you arrive on the scene. Custom-designed trailers are compatible with their own brands of debris loaders.
It's expected that these larger models will be used for serious, commercial-quality jobs, and the trailers are designed with that in mind. They boast features like 14" wheels, pre-wired lights, a backup whip, and a traffic cone holder.
Custom Fitting Options
To have it ready to thrive from the time you arrive, consider some of the following accessories to help your loader reach the truck or trailer in front of it. When you install your debris loader, depending how you position it, you may find that it's not tall enough or long enough to meet your needs. Don't fear, because there are accessories available to extend the loader's reach, provide for easier installation, and even allow the discharge chute to be easily rotated.
This extension is available in different styles. For example, one style fits Billy Goat's DL25 and DL35 commercial-style loaders when they're mounted on the trailer mentioned above.
Another style is compatible with the DL12, DL13, DL14, & DL18 models to help put debris in its place from further away. Both models are designed to extend your discharge by about 5 feet to help customize it to your truck or trailer.
Other styles for other brands work similarly, so make sure that you match the extension to the debris loader you're looking to extend.
Discharge Height Extension Kit
This extension kit allows you to extend the height of your discharge, but is only compatible with select models. The only downfall of this extension is that it cannot be used with the 360 rotational kit, due to its installation method.
Again, these extension kits are very exclusive to their own brands and models, so make sure it's compatible with whatever you're looking to extend before ordering it.
360 Degree Rotational Kit:
While the larger DL25 & DL 35 models feature the ability to rotate the discharge neck 360-degrees to aim the debris where you'd like it to be, DL12-18 models require a 360 Degree Rotational Kit to turn in any direction you choose.
These kits are easy to assemble, and enable you to adjust the chute direction by hand. It's not compatible with the DL25 or DL35 models, but since those models are already capable of rotating, that shouldn't be a problem.
Should you damage or lose your hose, there are replacement hoses available. They're typically around 10' in length, but depending on the size you need, replacement hoses are available in different diameters.
The hose does not include the handle or hand extension, so you'll have to attach your existing handle from your original hose or contact the manufacturer for a replacement.
Whether you're transferring it to a compost pile or dropping it off with waste management, you'll need some way to move the yard debris from the ground to your truck or trailer.
You can do it by hand, which will take a lot of time and energy; or you can use a debris truck loader to suck, mulch, and blow it into the truck or trailer you plan to use. If you run a lawn service, time and energy are money. If you own a large property that needs constant upkeep, time and energy are hard to come by.
Debris loaders make the final step of a lawn cleanup job much, much easier.